They are to my knowledge "other game fish", with a daily limit of 50.
With Bowfin and other fish under the "Candidate" Status(Longnose Gar, River Redhorse), it is always SUGGESTED to release them.
If it wasn't a suggestion, it would say "No open season, catch and immediate release", like it does with species of the "Endangered" or some in the "Threatened" category.
But I'm not an official, so I'll wait for one to say that.
And I love Bowfin fishing. If I caught one big enough, and knew someone to do it, I'd get it mounted.
But the chances of that are slim, since they're stunted in Conneaut, because there's so many.
That's also the reason I believe keeping them from there is okay. But I did NOT infer that before just now. Quit reading between the lines. I also couldn't find it in my morals to keep one from another water, unless it was a huge fish, since I'm convinced the only reason they aren't at least "Threatened" is because of Conneaut.
****, people love to fight about stupid stuff on here don't they?
post edited by J Dunfee - 2007/11/05 22:28:56